by Robert Herrick

ASK me why I do not sing
To the tension of the string
As I did not long ago,
When my numbers full did flow ?
Grief, ah, me ! hath struck my lute
And my tongue, at one time, mute.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. Vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 164.

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